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Jamestown: The Birthplace of the United States
U.S. Colonial History
"In 1607 the English planted a colony near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and the United States was born. This quiz will follow the early years of Jamestown, from infancy to toddlerhood...enjoy!"
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The history of successful, long-term colonies in what is now the United States began in earnest in 1606 with the reforming of the Virginia Company. During which English monarch's reign was the Virginia Company, which had failed miserably in Roanoke, handed a fresh, new charter?
The Virginia Company's charter called for two divisions, one at London and the other located in which English city?
Jamestown was founded near the entrance to Chesapeake Bay in 1607 when three ships dispatched by the Virginia Company reached that site on May 6th. Which of these was not one of trio of ships carrying the original Jamestown settlers?
How did Captain John Smith come to head the Jamestown colony beginning in September of 1608?
Appointed by the King
Following John Smith's departure as leader of the Jamestown colony, a new governor was appointed by the Virginia Company (so much for democracy!). This was Lord De La Ware, aka which of the following?
In 1609, Lord De La Ware's deputy governor Thomas Gates was involved in a shipwreck near Bermuda on his way to fortifying the colony. The wreck of his ship, the Sea Venture, and the subsequent adventures of his crew became the inspiration for which famous play?
The very first law code in American history was drawn up in 1611, under the tutelage of Gates. Gates called this code his 'Lawes Divine, Moral and Martiall', but they became better known by what name?
One of the most important settlers at Jamestown was John Rolfe. Though he is probably most well known for having married the Indian Princess Pocahontas (Matoaka), his most significant contribution to the colony was which of the following?
Surveying and mapping the entire Chesapeake Bay area
Quelling the first colonial rebellion
Founding the first elementary school and college in Virginia
Cultivating high quality tobacco
Generally speaking, relations between the natives and the English settlers were not excellent, but they improved in 1614 with the marriage of Rolfe and Pocahontas, the daughter of the local chief, called Powhatan. Relations took a turn for the worse after the death of Powhatan and the ascension of a new chief, belligerent to the English colonists. Who was this new chief, the brother of Powhatan?
In 1619 Sir George Yeardley became the new governor of the colony. Soon after his appointment, on July 30th, a meeting was held in the Jamestown Church. What was significant about this meeting?
Established the first independent judiciary in the American colonies
The Virginia Company was dissolved
First meeting of the Virginia House of Burgesses
Involved the first democratic election in American history
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